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Starting Wednesday, November 2, 2011, DCLI will open 30 minutes earlier at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The current weekend hours of operation will remain unchanged. Please visit the hours page to view a full schedule. 

FREE CLE Reminder -The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance?

Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, November 3, 2011
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits Congress from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion". There is no agreement today on the Supreme Court, or in American law generally, as to what that command means. This disarray has led to intractable controversies over such issues as "one Nation under God" and "In God We Trust". Government neutrality toward religion is now challenged by some members of a newly assertive, national religious majority. Conversely, a growing number of nonbelievers, especially among the young, reject even generic references to God. Disappointingly, the Supreme Court has responded to these developments by limiting standing to bring Establishment Clause challenges, rather than by a coherent reinterpretation of the text.

In conjunction with a symposium issue of The Chicago-Kent Law Review, six scholars will explore the future of the Establishment Clause in terms of this contested context at Duquesne University School of Law on November 3, 2011. They will inquire into the possibilities set forth by the three paths open to us into the future of religion in the public square: a new government neutrality, a new relationship of government and religion, and a new understanding of how the Establishment Clause is to be enforced.

Symposium Presenters

  • Bruce Ledewitz, Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Christopher Lund, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Zachary R. Calo, Associate Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law, and Director of the Jewish Law Institute, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Richard Albert, Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
  • Mark C. Rahdert, Charles Klein Professor of Law & Government, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Continuing Education Credits

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

No CLE fee charged for this Symposium


To register, contact Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or koehler@duq.edu

Reminder: DCLI RESEARCH EXPO 2011 - Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Research Expo

Learn more about legal research from the major law publishers and developers of legal information systems.

Exhibits ~ Demonstrations

Food ~ Prizes

Publishers attending include:

  • American Lawyer Media
  • Bloomberg
  • BNA
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • LexisNexis
  • Gale
  • Research Inst. of America
  • Thomson Reuters
  • and More!


Legal News Links

The bloom is coming off the rose for prospective law students

Database of Pa. court records now available via mobile app

Judge reinstates plea deal after jailing man for negative comment

Official convicted in West Virginia mine disaster

Ex-Goldman board member surrenders in trading case

U.S. Court Denies Salvage Claim to Colombian Sunken Treasure

U.S. Justice Department Targets Assets in Equatorial Guinea Corruption Probe

Ex-Guantanamo guard tells of violence against detainees

Latest Legal Link

Bloomberg Law


Bloomberg law is emerging as one of the most important legal research resources. Previously, Bloomberg was available on a fee/subscription basis only. More recently, it has been offered to law schools for free. Bloomberg provides primary and secondary resources in conjunction with market news.  Bloomberg offers a “Law Reports” feature, which reviews of the most current case law and statutory developments, written by legal professionals. The “Law Dockets” resource provides “Unparalleled access to dockets and filings of all federal courts plus many U.S. state and international courts, with features including unlimited searches and new case alerts.” The Bloomberg home page highlights legal news links, as well as recent podcasts. For instance, visitors will find an October 27 posdcast titled “Hausfeld Says NCAA Created ‘Student Athlete’ to Avoid Liability, Payments”. Simply click on the title link and press play to view the interview with Hausfeld’s chairman. Some other features include “Bcite”, a legal citation tool, Research trail function that keeps track of the last 90 days, and a “Workspaces” collaborative function that allows users to share their work with colleagues.